Sunday, September 11, 2011

A Tribute to the Canine Heroes of 9/11

Today marks the tenth anniversary of 9/11. It's hard to believe that the day all of our lives were forever changed is a decade old. Newborns are now entering middle school. Five-year-olds are now high school students, and high school students are now college graduates, many with careers and families of their own. While time has certainly marched on, that fateful day will never be forgotten. For the families who lost loved ones, for the rescue workers, volunteers, and canines with their handlers who all responded to the calls for help...this blog is dedicated to you. Thank you for your endurance and dedication. We will never forget.

Deservingly so, there will be a ceremony today honoring these K9 heroes, many who have since crossed the Rainbow Bridge, while those who are elderly and now retired from duty, will be in attendance at the tribute held across the river from lower Manhattan, organized by the non-profit Tails of Hope Foundation. Many appreciative woos and thank yous go out to these brave canines.
For more information on honoring the Search and Rescue (SAR) dogs, check out the Finding One Another: Courage Beyond Measure  and the Search Dog Foundation websites.
Also check out an article in on the SARs published in The Scoop: Dogs in the News just four days after the 2001 attack, Environmental Graffiti Magazine's photos of the SARs, including FEMA's Urban Search and Rescue teams, and the AKC's DogNY tribute to SARs.

The Connecticut Police Work Dog Association has a page of amazing K9 memorials, including this life-size sculpture of a German Sheperd moving down an eight-foot I-beam with vest and booties going toward a crushed New York City firefighter's helmet. The sculpture, according to the CPWDA, consists of recovered materials from Ground Zero and is part of a 9/11 Memorial Garden at SUNY Farmingdale in New York.

 A book that is part of my personal collection is the hauntingly beautiful book Dog Heroes of September 11th; A Tribute to America’s Search and Rescue Dogs by Nona Kilgore Bauer. Click here for a photo slideshow of these heroic canines. This book pays tribute to the heroic canines and their dedication, determination, and hard work during that tragic period of time. According to the publisher’s statement on the book jacket, “Kennel Club Books supports the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (NDSDF) in its mission to produce certified search and rescue teams to protect our whole nation. A portion of the proceeds of Dog Heroes of September 11th will benefit the NDSDF.” 

 "If these dogs only knew what a difference they make. Certainly, there's nothing that can replace 
the precision of a dog's nose—and absolutely 
nothing that can replace a dog's heart."  
Bob Sessions, rescue worker, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

We will never forget.


  1. hey FiveSibes,

    What a wonderful 9/11 tribute. And your "Always Remember 9/11" photo is very touching. You pups have such big hearts!

    We keep all those touched by 9/11 in our hearts and prayers. We also pray for Peace and Love to reign over the World so we may all live in happiness with no more wars.

    Thank you for so much information. The book, "Dog Heroes," looks very good, and emotional.

    Suka and K

  2. Woof! Woof! 9/11 was a very tragic day and we will never forget it. Will definitely check out the book. We reviewed Thunder Dog. check out it. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  3. Hey Fivesibes.
    Wow, I'm stunned by your gorgeous post. What an amazing pair of videos and I'm so glad you posted them. Thank you for reminding us.
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, American

  4. They are all true heroes. Thanks for sharing these touching videos and memories.

    Your pal, Pip

  5. Beautiful post. Hard to believe that it has been 10 years.

  6. Here's to the woofie heros of 9/11, and to woofie heros everywhere, every day!

  7. God Bless the canine and human heroes of 9/11, and the families woh lost loved ones that horrible day 10 years ago. May we NEVER forget them.

  8. What a great tribute to the four legged service dogs. Roselle the guide dog should be remembered too for leading her owner down 1,463 steps in Tower One and to safety in a doorway as Tower Two came down. Your post really touched my heart.
    Sweet William The Scot

  9. Thank you for sharing this. I am so moved whenever I hear about dogs doing such good for people. Truly symbiotic and beautiful. Reminds us to hold them dearly each day...

  10. Fantastic post, God Bless America!

  11. Olá amiguinhos queridos...
    Realmente este 11 de setembro de 2001 foi o dia mais triste de TODO O MUNDO. Que horror.
    Que Deus tenha piedade de pessoas que querem o mal dos outros.

    Amiguinhos... Quero agradecer que voces foram ao meu blog dar os parabéns pelo meu aniversário.
    Fiquei muito feliz em ver meus amigos me dando tanto carinho. OBRIGADA mesmo!

    Tem fotos que minha mãe colocou no blog da festinha surpresa que meus avós fizeram pra mim.
    Ficarei feliz com a visita de voces.

    Voces são sempre bem vindos em meu blog.
    Espero com alegria.
    Aus 1000 da amiguinha do Brasil...


  12. Your tribute to the Canine Heroes of 9-11 is hauntingly beautiful. Thanks for remembering the ones that are often forgotten. Who gave so much and the many whose lives were cut short by cancers and other illnesses developed out of the horror they worked in during the tragedy.

  13. A great tribute!

    It's wonderful when Dogs and humans can work together in such a way to help!

    Your pal Snoopy :)

  14. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful tribute to the K9 heroes who gave so much!

    The Road Dogs